Cornelia Stutz Obituary


Cornelia (Nina) Green Stutz, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Cambridge and Marblehead, Massachusetts, died peacefully at her home in Chapel Hill on June 15, 2023.

Nina was born in Boston on June 13, 1947, to Jean Porter Green and Edwin Thurston Green. She went to Shady Hill School, the Winsor School, and Boston University, studied at the Longy School, and studied also at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She married Rolf Sturman Stutz in 1976. They lived in Cambridge and Marblehead, and had one daughter, Cornelia Mead Stutz Cormier.

Nina loved many, many things. She was passionate about the theatre, singing and dancing in many Vincent Shows (and she could command the stage!), producing three shows as Show Chairman, designing and making scenery and costumes. She designed and made wonderful clothes for her family and friends, including her own superb wedding dress. She volunteered at her daughter’s school, most notably on the committee that produced Celebrations on the Charles, a cookbook of juried recipes. She designed kitchens professionally and beautifully before Rolf started Zoll Medical. After that, she was his unpaid top helper and sounding board, interviewing candidates, writing annual reports, doing everything she could to make that company a resounding success and to support Rolf when he took it public.

Rolf died in 1999. After that, Nina moved to Chapel Hill, a place Rolf, a graduate of UNC, had loved. She volunteered assiduously for the National Inclusion Project, and wrote and illustrated a charming book, Let’s All Party, advising on inclusion in children’s parties.

Many of the people who have written to or called us have commented on Nina’s sense of humor. She was a fine and loyal friend, a hard and effective worker, a source of terrific ideas – and fun.

Nina leaves her daughter, Cornelia Mead Stutz Cormier (Jim); and her grandson, Jackson James Cormier; her sisters; Hope Green Arns and Merrill Green Belmer; her nephews; Charles Belmer (Cynthia) and Thurston Belmer; niece and nephews; Sue, Tom, and Paul Arns; her great-niece and great-nephew; Lianna and Oliver Belmer; her sisters-in-law; Ann, Hannah, and Lisa; her friend and loving caregiver, Rebecca Porter; her cat, Eddie; and many, many loving friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Rolf; and by her parents.

Nina’s Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Bigelow Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.

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